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Emphatic victory for Indians

Lille: Indian hockey team’s preparations for next month’s Olympic Games began on a confident note with a 8-2 rout of France in the first of the two friendly matches here. India led 3-2 at the half-time on Thursday.

A big win

Bangkok: Ritu Rani led from the front with a hat-trick as India spanked Singapore 9-0 for their second successive Group A win in the sixth Women’s Junior Asia Cup here. Vice-captain Poonam Rani also scored three goals.

Rahil tied 16th

Evansville: Rahil Gangjee opened with a strong round of two-under 70 in the first round to be placed at tied 16th in the United Leasing Championships on the newly christened Webdotcom Tour.

Poor show

Bethesda: Arjun Atwal continued to struggle this season as he opened with a five-over 76 in the AT&T National. Starting out on the tenth, Atwal had as many as five bogeys, one double bogey and two birdies in his 76 that placed him 91st at the end of the first day at the Blue Course at the Congressional.

Smith secret

Johannesburg: Graeme Smith contemplated stepping down from leadership role in all forms of cricket after last year’s World Cup but was talked out of quitting Test captaincy by coach Gary Kirsten, a report said. “After the World Cup, when things were tough, it certainly was something that was on my mind. Gary played a role in me keeping the captaincy,” Smith said.

Noble cause

Calcutta: The Sport Legends Trust has opened a Trust account in aid of former South African fast bowler Neil Adcock to assist him with his medical costs. The 81-year-old fast bowler is currently battling against cancer and needs financial help to pay his medical costs. The Trust can be contacted at bclarke@mweb.co.za.

Board meeting

Mumbai: The BCCI’s disciplinary committee, headed by its president N. Srinivasan, will meet here on Saturday to discuss the report submitted by Ravi Sawani on the corruption allegations against five uncapped Indian players.

CAB website

Calcutta: The CAB, finally, are ready to launch their website. The website — www. cricketassociationofbengal.com will be launched on Sunday by Jagmohan Dalmiya.

Duel of sons

Calcutta: The sons of Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Stuart Williams will clash in the inaugural WICB Under 17 Tournament which starts in Tobago on Sunday.

Chanderpaul’s oldest son, Taijnarine is expected to play a pivotal role in the Guyana batting line-up while Nevisian Saeed Williams also follows in his father’s footsteps as a top-order batsman for Leeward Islands.

Staff Reporter & Agencies